The New Children’s Museum

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The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts.NCM brings families together in a rich educational environment that fosters creativity— blending elements of art museum, children’s museum, and community center. A non-profit institution funded by admissions, memberships, and community support, the Museum empowers children to think, play and create through participatory exhibitions, engaging art-making activities, captivating artistic performances, and in-depth educational opportunities. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

In May of 2008, The New Children’s Museum opened a new environmentally sustainable facility in downtown San Diego’s Marina District. Designed by Rob Wellington Quigley, the 50,000-square-foot building houses expansive galleries, open studio environments, and an Arts Education Center offering unique classes and camps.

Across the street from the building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running, climbing, family picnics and a view of the trains and trolley going by. Rounded out with an organic cafe, abundant seating, quiet space for parents and infants, and an outdoor park, the Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment for the entire family to enjoy together.


Located at 200 West Island Avenue, The New Children’s Museum faces Harbor Drive and is well positioned near the MTS Convention Center Trolley stop, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter, making it easily reachable to residents and visitors throughout the region.